Work, Musings, Writings and Projects from FLEFF's Checkpoints Lab 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The selected summary for Week 5 was written by Annie Bunyavadhana.
"Precarias a la Deriva: A Very Careful Strike" uses the theory of the derive to develop four hypotheses on the duty of care and the caring labor which is maintained mostly by women in a patriarchal and capitalist society. The first hypothesis states that sex, care and attention were historically traditionally assigned to women. Tracing from Biblical characters such as the pure Virgin Mary to the harlot Eve and her followers assumed the bipolarity of the maternity and the sexual woman. It soon becomes the stereotype and the stigma that endures in time and transitions into a new context in the age of industrialization and urbanization. The capitalist economy places economic value on the feminine sexuality. Now, enters the manner of prostitution we come to know today. The bipolarity of the good woman and the over-sexed woman becomes evermore distinct and the border between the two would be more rigid than ever.
The second hypothesis states that we must find the connection and think from the point of view of the communicative continuum, that combines our relationships and enhance new positions. The traditional contracts of matrimony and prostitution have transformed from the the Fordist nuclear family to other forms of cohabitation in monoparental and transnational families. The transition and market development also shifts domestic work to outside the home and into factories and commercial markets. Women can play a part in the consumption model.
In the third hypothesis, there needs to be four elements: affective virtuosity, interdependence, transversality, and everydayness to the careful know-how. Security finds itself in fear and precarity makes us drift into isolation and containment. We must look to the matter of our social ecology and the four elements to help us break the precarity.
The forth hypothesis states that we should place care in he center, without separating it from the sex nor communication. Although care is already in the center, we need to re-place it because it has been misplaced in the patriarchal world. The duty of care has become exploited and objectified. There needs to be a new revolutionary logic that recognize the fundamental value in the social wealth that care produces. One of the tools to revive it is the caring strike. Those in the field: the maids, the whores, social workers, and other women need to break the barrier and rediscover their fundamental role. There cannot be an imposed attribution to the roles of gender that will confine us in our limited economy. It needs to be replaces with the ecology of care.